Can I file a repetitive use injury under workers’ comp in GA?

Yes, Georgia’s workers’ comp laws provide for coverage of repetitive stress injuries. These types of injuries develop over time and, if left untreated, become painful and debilitating conditions that can inhibit your ability to carry out the activities of your daily life. In the early stages of a repetitive stress injury, many people don’t notice the symptoms. But as time passes, the symptoms get worse and often lead to chronic pain.  

What is a Repetitive Strain Injury?

A Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI), might also be called a repetitive stress injury, repetitive use injury or repetitive motion injury. Performing the same motion or task over and over all day can cause temporary or permanent injuries to muscles, nerves, ligaments and tendons.

Examples of workplace activities that can cause repetitive stress injuries

  • Lifting heavy objects
  • Typing and using a mouse with a computer
  • Standing in awkward positions
  • Slouching while sitting at a desk
  • Performing intricate work with your hands

Examples of repetitive stress injuries 

  • Bursitis 
  • Tendonitis 
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Tennis elbow, or epicondylitis
  • Trigger finger
  • Compressed nerves
  • Chronic neck or lower back pain
  • Shoulder injuries

Symptoms of repetitive stress injuries can include:

  • Tingling 
  • Numbness 
  • Pain, Aching or Tenderness
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling and Redness
  • Cramping
  • Weakness
  • Throbbing

Workers’ comp for repetitive stress workplace injuries

Workers’ compensation claims for repetitive use injuries are frequently denied by insurance companies. It is a good idea to get an experienced Georgia workers’ compensation lawyer to officially start your claim. You will need to prove that your injury was caused by work and not some other activity in your life. With these types of injuries, many workers continue to work despite their pain, so the exact date of injury is hard to pinpoint. 

If the workers compensation insurance company outright denies your claim, it could leave you without financial or medical benefits. Remember, the insurance company does not have your best interest as their first priority. Their first priority is to save money for the insurance company. Our law office has vast experience assisting injured workers with these claims. We are familiar with tactics used by  insurance companies to deny benefits and we are knowledgeable in how to have repetitive stress injury claims recognized by insurers. Contact us to arrange a free consultation and case evaluation.

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